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Ep 116: Why Don’t Young Vets Want to Work? With Dr. Tannetje Crocker

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Dr. Tannetje Crocker joins Dr. Moriah for this week’s episode of That Vet Life Show. As well as being an ER veterinarian at VEG (Veterinary Emergency Group, whose founder we recently interviewed on The Veterinary Business Success Show, click here to listen); Dr. Tannetje is a veterinary mentor, speaker, writer, and social media sensation. 

Crocker began her journey into veterinary medicine in 2009 after graduating from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Tannetje went on to specialize in equine at an internship in Southern California before working as a solo equine ambulatory practitioner. It wasn’t until 2014 that Crocker transitioned into small animal medicine, which she has stuck with ever since. 

Being a full-time veterinarian inspired Tannetje to start ‘Dr. Crocker – Pet Vet’, a social media brand that Dr. Tannetje uses to empower and mentor students and young veterinarians. ‘I am inspired by fellow veterinarians and vet students who want to contribute, support, and move this profession in a new direction.’ – Dr. Crocker. 

During this episode, Dr. Moriah and Dr. Tannetje discuss the disparity between young and older vets, the salary expectations of new graduates, and why younger vets are opting to work fewer hours. 

Outline of this episode:

  • [01:07] The episode begins with Dr. Moriah discussing how this is her first ‘in person’ episode.  
  • [02:45] Dr. Moriah asks Dr. Tannetje about the disparity between young and older vets. 
  • [05:12] Tannetje and Moriah discuss the salaries of new grads and why new vets are aiming for higher salaries. 
  • [08:01] Why it’s important to look at how much you can grow at a practice rather than just the starting salary. 
  • [11:00] Short ad break – join Thrive
  • [12:04] The episode resumes with Mo and Tannetje discussing why it’s important for veterinary students to ask questions.
  • [12:50] Dr. Mo and Dr. Tannetje talk about how and why new grads are less keen to work 60 hours in the clinic and how this differs from the older generation. 
  • [15:35] Boundary setting, how can you define them?
  • [17:46] Why is appropriately scheduling important and why we should understand not everyone works in the same way?
  • [18:45] What can we do as individuals to support each other?
  • [21:23] How social media can be used to network and offer advice.
  • [23:35] Dr. Moriah summarises the episode so far. 
  • [24:43] Dr. Tannetje tells us a little bit about herself and her career. 
  • [26:10] The episode comes to an end with Mo thanking Dr. Tannetje. 

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